Experts have their say on whether ketchup should be kept in the fridge

Anna Lewis
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From Prima

It’s one of life’s biggest conundrums: to refrigerate ketchup or not to refrigerate Ketchup. That is the question.

For many, it’s a no-brainer to pop your tomato sauce in the fridge. For others, the cupboard is the only way to go.

But what are you actually supposed to do?

If you look on a bottle of Heinz Tomato Ketchup, you’ll see that it’s recommended that you refrigerate that bad boy once open (and eat within eight weeks).

But the Which? team of experts, which is made up of a public analyst, a special adviser on food and drink, and registered dietitian Dr Sarah Schenker, said there is absolutely no need to put your ketchup in the fridge.

They said: “There’s no need to keep ketchup in the fridge. Not only does it contain vinegar, but tomatoes are naturally acidic, and this helps to preserve the product in ambient (room temperature) conditions.”

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But hey, if you like your tomato sauce chilled, then you go for it, friend. This is a judgement-free zone.

Dr Schenker added: “Sometimes people keep ketchup in the fridge, simply because they prefer a chilled taste, but otherwise it doesn’t need to be refrigerated.”

But what about our other favourite condiments? Well, the team has done us a handy guide so we know what we’re doing when we unpack the shopping.

Fridge: Mayonnaise, pesto, salad cream, maple syrup, tartare sauce, redcurrant jelly.

Cupboard: Ketchup, brown sauce, honey, mint sauce, pickle, olive oil, soy sauce, mango chutney, malt vinegar, hot pepper sauce, Worcestershire sauce.

Fridge or cupboard: English mustard, Dijon mustard, wholegrain mustard, piccalilli.

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